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Archery at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Dekelia Archery Field, Akharnes; Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: August 12, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
Format: Ranking round consisted of 72 arrows at 70 m. Matches in rounds 1-3 consisted of 16 arrows. Matches in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final round consisted of 12 arrows. Tie-breaking for the final placements was done by the following method. Losers in each round were ranked according to the score they shot in that round. Ties in that round were broken by the number of 10s shot in that round and then the number of 9s shot in that round. If still tied the score in the preceding round was used as the tie-breaker, followed by number of 10s, and then number of 9s in the preceding round. Matches shot entirely at 70 metres.

Gold: ITA Marco Galiazzo
Silver: JPN Hiroshi Yamamoto
Bronze: AUS Tim Cuddihy

Summary

Korea’s men archers were the best in the world, having won four of the last five World Championships both individually and in team competition. But they had been the best since around 1990 and had yet to have a male archer win an individual Olympic gold medal. This would continue in 2004, as, despite their three archers placing in the top five in the ranking round, none of them made the semi-finals, and they were shut-out of the medals.

In the lower half of the draw, Italy’s Marco Galiazzo advanced to the quarter-finals, where he faced the 2000 silver medalist, American Vic Wunderle. Galiazzo had been 2001 World Junior Champion and was the 2004 European Champion and had placed third in the ranking round and dispatched Wunderle 109-108, coming back to win on the final arrows. The final matched Galiazzo against Japan’s Hiroshi Yamamoto, a 41-year-old high school teacher. Yamamoto had won a bronze medal in the Olympic individual event in 1984, and competed at every Olympics from 1984-96. He failed to qualify in 2000 and tried to retire from the sport, but came back when his students encouraged him. Galiazzo continued his magical 2004 by defeating Yamamoto 111-109 for the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marco Galiazzo 21 Italy ITA Gold
2 Hiroshi Yamamoto 41 Japan JPN Silver
3 Tim Cuddihy 17 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Larry Godfrey 28 Great Britain GBR
5 Park Gyeong-Mo 28 South Korea KOR
6 Im Dong-Hyeon 19 South Korea KOR
7 Chen Szu-Yuan 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
8 Vic Wunderle 28 United States USA
9 Anton Prilepov 20 Belarus BLR
10 Satyadev Prasad 24 India IND
11 Jang Yong-Ho 28 South Korea KOR
12 Xue Haifeng 24 China CHN
13 Viktor Ruban 23 Ukraine UKR
14 Balzhinima Tsyrempilov 28 Russia RUS
15 Oleksandr Serdiuk 26 Ukraine UKR
16 Ilario Di Buò 47 Italy ITA
17 Wang Cheng-Pang 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
18 Stanislav Zabrodsky 42 Kazakhstan KAZ
19 Hasse Pavia Lind 25 Denmark DEN
20 Juan René Serrano 20 Mexico MEX
21 Michael Frankenberg 26 Germany GER
22 Takaharu Furukawa 20 Japan JPN
23 Magnus Petersson 29 Sweden SWE
24 Dmytro Hrachov 20 Ukraine UKR
25 Jonas Andersson 25 Sweden SWE
26 Liu Ming-Huang 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
27 Wietse van Alten 25 Netherlands NED
28 Yavor Khristov 28 Bulgaria BUL
29 Alexandros Karageorgiou 18 Greece GRE
30 Ron van der Hoff 26 Netherlands NED
31 Michele Frangilli 28 Italy ITA
32 Tashi Peljor 26 Bhutan BHU
33 Hasan Orbay 24 Turkey TUR
34 Jorge Chapoy 31 Mexico MEX
35 Ricardo Merlos 20 El Salvador ESA
36 David Barnes 18 Australia AUS
37 Yuji Hamano 23 Japan JPN
38 Franck Fisseux 19 France FRA
39 Mattias Eriksson 22 Sweden SWE
40 Ken Uprichard 24 New Zealand NZL
41 John Magera 34 United States USA
42 Yong Fujun 23 China CHN
43 Tarundeep Rai 20 India IND
44 Pieter Custers 20 Netherlands NED
45 Lockoneco 26 Indonesia INA
46 Felipe López 27 Spain ESP
47 Jonathan Ohayon 32 Canada CAN
48 Rob Elder 23 Fiji FIJ
49 Eduardo Magaña 20 Mexico MEX
50 Simon Fairweather 34 Australia AUS
51 Jocelyn de Grandis 23 France FRA
52 Butch Johnson 48 United States USA
53 Dmitry Nevmerzhitsky 29 Russia RUS
54 Georgios Kalogiannidis 21 Greece GRE
55 Jacek Proć 22 Poland POL
56 Jeff Henckels 19 Luxembourg LUX
57 Apostolos Nanos 38 Greece GRE
58 Maged Youssef 26 Egypt EGY
59 Majhi Sawaiyan 20 India IND
60 Thomas Naglieri 18 France FRA
61 Sifa Taumoepeau 43 Tonga TGA
62 Essam Sayed 37 Egypt EGY
63 Yehya Bundhun 39 Mauritius MRI
64 Phoutlamphay Thiamphasone 24 Laos LAO